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Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka

Mount Maunganui’s urban space, Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka, at 123-141 Maunganui Road, provides a new open space for everyone to enjoy.

The new urban space is in the heart of Mount Maunganui’s city centre. The mix of hard surfaces, lawn and planting provides a flexible area for events and activities all year round. The space includes an interactive water feature, native trees to provide shade and grass areas to play and relax.

The space is designed for people to enjoy. It creates a greater sense of belonging for our community by encouraging social interaction through a shared space to rest and play. The new space will support the growing visitor and residential population by inviting people to stay longer in the Mount city centre, with local businesses enjoying the economic benefits through increased foot traffic. 

What’s happening

From Tuesday, 29 January Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka will be fenced off to complete the final stages of the project. This includes an exciting water feature and additional grass. 

During the final works the toilet facility will be inaccessible, however portaloos will be available. The space is expected to be fully completed and open for public use by the end of summer.

Transforming the area into an urban space started at the end of March 2018 and is now in the final stages of completion. The space was opened temporarily over the busy summer period, to allow the public to start to enjoy the area. 


Our natural environment is our greatest asset. It attracts people to live in or visit our city. A mix of native trees have been planted on site, including pōhutukawa, puriri, cabbage trees and nikau palms. Over time, the combination of species will provide the site with enhanced shade. The new space will also be home to low growing native shrubs and grasses.


The final urban space retains 14 car parks, including mobility car parks, and four car parks adjacent to the site along Maunganui Road. The May Street car park remains open. 

New car parking spaces have been added in Nikau Crescent (25 spaces), Prince Avenue (16 spaces) and the May Street car park and Shadelands Lane (12 spaces). These are in addition to car parking already available in those areas and are located within two minutes walking distance to the Mount Mainstreet shopping area.

May Street car park is now a P180 zone, however parking fees don’t apply. P180 will help increase the turnover of cars with more car parks available for people visiting Mount Mainstreet to shop and dine.


Once the urban space is fully completed, it is expected to be well utilised with an array of different events, including the return of the weekly Farmers Market on Sunday mornings.

Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka hosted its first event on Saturday, 19 January when it transformed into a registration hub for runners and walkers taking part in We Run the Night.

Entrants enjoyed the pre-event atmosphere with live music, Barrett Homes kids’ chill out zone, HOPT soda tasting and much more. 

Te Papa o Nga Manu Porotakataka event

Concept design 

Council consulted on an initial draft concept design for Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka from December 2015 to March 2016. In response to the community feedback, the concept plan for the new space was revisited. A revised concept design was developed and consulted on with retailers in February and March 2017. The final concept design was approved by Council in April 2017.

Final design Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka (236kb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 25/01/2019

Need more information?

Contact Fiona.Nalder@tauranga.govt.nz


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